With Crystal Palace eager to strengthen their midfield and having missed out on a deadline day move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, the Eagles have now turned their attentions to Mathieu Flamini.
The former Marseille and AC Milan midfielder has been without a club since June, having endured two separate spells with Arsenal, between 2004 and 2008 and most recently from 2013 up until this summer, when his contract with the north London side expired.
Having made 393 career appearances across the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Serie A, it’s believed Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is keen to bring the 32-year-old back to the Premier League to add his vast experience and tenacity to the Palace midfield.
Pardew discussed the potential move for the three times capped former France international with Sky Sports, saying:
“Yes, there is scope to bring in one more into the squad – I did that on purpose as I thought there might be a player we can take who is not under contract, who might just fit what we’re doing, Mathieu is a player I am looking at, yes. He would give us a bit more experience to winning games.
“I like the fact whenever he played, he played in the big, big games at Arsenal when they needed someone to kind of lead the team over the line and get big results.
“Mathieu’s name was always on that list. I have always admired what he’s done, so I am looking at him.
“His age, 32, in my mind I signed Teddy Sheringham when he was 38, so the age isn’t a problem for me. I think his experience is something I am looking at, yes.”
With unattached free agents able to be signed outside of the regulatory transfer window, Flamini may be set for a reunion with the Premier League in the coming weeks.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena